Philippe Faucon was born in Oujda, Morocco, in 1958. He has directed twelve feature films, among them Samia (2000), The Betrayal (2005), Amin (2018) and Les Harkis (2022). The Disintegration (2011) was selected for the Venice Film Festival. Released one month before the Mohammed Merah affair, the film was later perceived by the French press as premonitory of the phenomenon of jihadist radicalisation. Fatima (2015), which was presented by the Marrakech International Film Festival in 2016, had its premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes and won numerous prestigious accolades, among them the Prix Louis-Delluc and the awards for Best French Film from the Académie des César and the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics.